day 8: sea day
i've said it before and i'll say it again - i LOVE sea days. they are so rejuvenating. but the last sea day? thats totally bittersweet.
we made sure to soak up every moment possible, so this sea day wasn't much different from the others!
when we woke up, we went to eat breakfast and returned to our room to pack some pool side goodies for the afternoon before heading out to the worlds sexiest man contest. isaiah was going to participate, because he won on our last two cruises, but we took too long and it wast beginning as we got out to the pool. next time though!
it was also a friday, and being that crue was born on a friday - i had to take his weekly picture. pretty fun to be on a ship instead of on the chair in his nursery!
when the contest was over, we were pool side for the afternoon! we found some shade before going down to the kiddie pool so C could be free and crawl around… he quickly found an older couple that he fell in love with! we were so lucky to find such nice people on this cruise. everyone loved C!
the man C would not leave alone!
i have about 50 pictures like this… one of the pool deck workers came to us and was chatting with C. apparently C loved him too because every picture is just full of smiles!
obviously swimming is pretty exhausting, because C crashed QUICK after being in the pool. and he got his first diaper rash ever :( i could tell it was so painful (i blame swim diapers or the lining in his suits), so we let him nap this one out nakey style.
we used his nap time to shower and get ready for the evening. on the last night of the cruise, everyone sets their bags outside their door before 10pm so they can be taken away and carried off the ship for you. you don't have to do this, but we always do and this time with a baby our decision was even easier to have our bags taken care of for us. packing to go home always sucks :(
when C woke up - we went to watch the flow rider contest on the back of the ship and my oh my, some people are really good at that thing! isaiah did it and was successful enough to stay on, but i refuse to try out of pure fear to either fall and bust my face, or lose my suit!
then we watched some people play basketball, watched some other people rock climb and went to treat ourselves to some pre-dinner malts from johnny rockets before getting C ready for our last dinner of the trip.
we had the greatest waiters. i always remember and miss them after a cruise. every night we arrived there was a high chair at our table and a fruit cup waiting which was just so nice because it meant C could be eating before any of us ordered. he never had to wait which meant he was never fussy. they brought out the kids menu every night and we alternated some meals on there for C to eat. following every dinner they brought out a little ice cream banana sundae for C, which really i ate most of ;)
our assistant waiter joseph from the Philippines he was the sweetest and loved C so much. he showed us lots of photos on his phone of his two kids. he just got on the ship 2 months ago, so he had 7 more months to go before returning home to see his family.
our head waiter alner from the Philippines he only had 2 weeks left before he got to go home and see his family for awhile and then his new assignment is 9 months on Royal Caribbeans newest ship, Quantum! the quantum won't have a main dining room, so things are going to change for alner but i hope he loves it!
Joseph came over with a crane that he made out of the dinner napkin and C thought it was the coolest thing ever. it seemed as though he was only 7 months old, he still understood the gesture and was so appreciative. 4 months later, we still have this crane in crue's bedroom sitting on a shelf :)
after dinner we went up the top deck to see if we could catch a sunset and let crue crawl around like the maniac he
then we hit up the last show for the night, which was a juggling act. he had really good talent, but really bad jokes. ha ha. so many times i felt SUPER awkward because all his jokes were making fun of himself? so strange. but not a bad show on the flip side! he juggled all sorts of things, up to as many as 8 objects at once (including knives and some stuff on fire)!
since it was the last night, the captain and all of the staff comes on stage to be recognized and say their farewells. it can get pretty emotional for cruising addicts like myself! ive been known to literally shed a few tears during this time.
*we met some people doing a back to back - and this would have TOTALLY been the perfect time do it! the captain was getting off with us to start his vacation and go back home to the netherlands, and the entertainment staff was also getting off with us to all go back home, so those doing a back to back got all new entertainment on their 2nd week!*
after the show, we went back to our room to make sure we had everything out that we needed, and everything packed that we didn't need so we could set our luggage. after that was all set, we stopped at the schooner bar for trivia and to exchange contact info with the loche family, mike & paula, and tim & terri so we could all stay in touch :) one last night of hurrah!
and then it was time for bed so we could get up early on sunday morning and leave the ship :(
thankfully we didn't schedule our flights back to MN until monday, so we had one more day of vacation in florida!
now, just 118 days until we're reunited with the sea again!
more cruise posts here:
day 7: labadee, haiti
day 6: old san juan
day 5: st.kitts
day 4: my birthday // st maarten
day 3: second sea day
day 2: first day at sea
day 0: flying to FL